The German foreign Ministry is afraid of the “ice age” in relations with Russia

Sigmar Gabriel

The German foreign Minister said he feared the onset of “ice age” in relations between the West and Russia. About it reports Reuters.

“We Europeans are very concerned about unintended consequences, which for Europe can have the us sanctions against Russia, — explained the Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel. We don’t want to completely destroy our relationship with Russia, especially the energy sector. We are concerned that sanctions may also lead to a new ice age in relations between Russia and the United States and the West.”

According to Gabriel, he spoke with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, who told him that President Donald trump has agreed to continue to coordinate sanctions with American allies. From Moscow, the Minister noted that Europe is waiting for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. “It would become the starting point for better relations,” explained Gabriel.

2 Aug trump has signed the law on new anti-Russian sanctions that Congress passed in late July. The document provides for certain restrictions regarding the possibility of funding for banks and oil companies. The Russian foreign Ministry suggested Washington until September 1 to reduce the total number of personnel of the diplomatic mission in the country to 755.

August 23 Washington has stopped issuing nonimmigrant visas throughout Russia. This procedure will resume September 1, but only in Moscow. Such measures, the United States explained the intention of the Russian authorities to reduce staff of the American diplomatic missions in the country.